Thomas Sayers Ellis is the author of The Maverick Room and Skin, Inc.: Identity Repair Poems and is the co-founder of the Dark Room Collective, an influential community of African-American poets which began in the late 1980s in Boston.
Cate Marvin is the author of Fragment of the Head of a Queen and one of the editors of Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, among other works. She lives in New York.
Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of works such as The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart as well as Apocalyptic Swing. She is on the advisory board of The Rumpus’ Poetry Book Club and lives in LA. Ask her to unpack Elizabeth Bishop for you sometime.
Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of Human Dark with Sugar and Interior with Sudden Joy, among other works. She is the poetry editor of Tin House and lives in Brooklyn.
Tracy K. Smith
Tracy K. Smith is the ridiculously accomplished author of Duende and Life on Mars, and was featured in The McSweeney’s Book of Poets Picking Poets a few years back. She teaches creative writing at Princeton.
Mark Bibbins is the author of The Dance of No Hard Feelings and Sky Lounge. Also, John Ashbery once called him “a brilliant young poet,” which has to count for something, right? Bibbins lives in New York and is the poetry editor of The Awl, so we’re guessing he knows how to take a joke (and write on deadline).
Ada Limón is the author of Sharks in the Rivers and This Big Fake World: A Story in Verse. Her poem, “Crush,” was featured in the New Yorker and is available here. You can find her in Brooklyn, quaffing wine in the sun.
Tina Chang is the current Poet Laureate of Brooklyn (as decreed by the irascible Marty Markowitz) and is the author of Half-Lit Houses and Of Gods & Strangers, which will be out this October.
Meghan O’Rourke is the author of Halflife , a poetry collection, as well as a recent memoir about mourning the loss of her mother called The Long Goodbye . She lives in Brooklyn and frequently writes for Slate.
Randall Mann is the author of Complaint in the Garden and Breakfast with Thom Gunn. He lives in San Francisco and his Twitter bio reads: “Writer. Editor. Queer.”